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Are stars more fragile than ever?

Derrick Rose is symptomatic of a larger issue -- more injuries to elite players

Updated: May 10, 2013, 3:29 PM ET
By Bradford Doolittle | ESPN Insider

The short-handed Chicago Bulls have shown that, even in the NBA, coaching, effort and a willingness to buy into a system are crucial elements of on-court success. Are those things more important than having superstar talent? Probably not. This isn't "Hoosiers."

In the NBA, there is a tipping point where battered teams just don't have enough weapons to beat a great team four times in a playoff series, and that's why even after dropping Game 1 at home, the Miami Heat are still heavy favorites to beat Chicago. By this time next month, the Bulls' amazing run probably will be remembered as a subplot to the real through-line to this season's playoff narrative: the second championship for LeBron James.

The probability that this is just a blip for Miami doesn't make the past couple of performances by Chicago any less memorable. What is unfortunate is that even as Tom Thibodeau refuses to allow the Bulls to dwell on their misfortune, it's all everybody else seems to want to talk about.

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